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Undergraduate Course: Current Methods in Fire Safety Engineering 4 (CIVE10012)

Course Outline
School School of Engineering College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits 10
Home subject area Civil Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description This course provides the principles of prescriptive design of structures for fire safety. All different aspects of design are discussed (i.e. flammability, detection & alarm, smoke management, fire suppression, fire resistance, egress, etc.), with particular attention to systems of classification and design applications. Although this module concentrates on &«prescriptive&ª, rather than &«performance-based&ª, calculations, the emphasis is on intelligent application and use of codes and standards, and references will be made to more advanced methods and opportunities to use performance-based approaches in fire safety engineering. It is intended that the course will enable the student to carry out a prescriptive design in a critical manner with due consideration to any limitations, weaknesses or conservatisms which may be present.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 11:10 - 13:00
First Class Week 1, Monday, 11:10 - 13:00, Zone: King's Buildings. Classroom 1, Sanderson Building
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes Stationery Requirements Comments
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Current Methods in Fire Safety Engineering 41:3012 sides / 2 x graph / Open Book / Double DesksOpen Book / Double Desks
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate an understanding of the general principles of &«Codes and standards&ª and the requirements and responsibilies in their use.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of &«Flammability&ª and the associated principles; knowledge of standard methods for establishing flammability of different materials; classification and implications related to storage.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of &«Fire detection and alarm&ª, including system classifications and requirements, and detector technologies, such as smoke and heat detection, etc.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of &«Smoke management&ª; Fundamentals aspects of smoke movement in buildings and strategies for smoke control, including active and passive systems; compartmentation requirements and specification of pressurised/depressurised spaces.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of &«Fire suppression&ª, including water suppression systems, aspects of sprinkler system design; principles and design of gaseous fire suppression systems; principles of dry chemical extinguising systems.
- Demonstrate an understanding of current methods used in &«Fire resistance&ª specifications, including fire resistance requirements and testing, compartmentation requirements, and methods for determining fire resistance of structural elements, including steel, concrete and timber.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of &«Egress&ª, including simple egress calculations, encompassing minimum travel distances, minimum escape route and exit widths; human behaviour aspects, and starting place for more detailed approaches, including egress modelling and risk assessment.
Assessment Information
The assessment will be made on the basis of: Intermittent Assessment 20% and Degree Examination 80%
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Lecture 1 Introduction (Codes and standards) $ú wk1, 20.09.10 (SW)
Understand principles of codes and standards
- Life Safety Code (NFPA 101)
- Building regulations (Approved Document B)
- British Standards (BS476-20, BS5268-4, BS EN12101-6, BS ISO 14520; BS5839-1, BS12845; BS5950-8, BS8110-2, DD9999, BS7974-6)

- LDSA Fire Safety Guide No 1 $ú Fire Safety in Section 20 buildings
- Structural Eurocodes (EC0-9)
Codes: all (but specifically: NFPA 101, ADB, LDSA Section 20, EC1)

Lecture 2 Flammability Standards $ú wk2, 27.09.10 (SW)
Understand concept of &«Flammability&ª and associated principles of &«storage,&ª &«hazard classification&ª
- Standard methods for establishing flammability of different materials.
- Classification and implications related to storage.
- Combustible and flammable liquids
Codes: NFPA 101, NFPA 30, ASTM D56-87, SFPE Handbook Ignition chapter

Lecture 3 Fire Detection and Alarm $ú wk3, 4.10.10 (SW)
Understand principles of &«Fire Detection and Alarm&ª
- System categories, life and property protection
- Alarm and detection zones
- Alarm systems and response
- Detector technologies:
- Heat detectors
- Smoke detection: ionisation, photoelectric and other technologies.
- Other detection technologies, including multi-sensor
Code: BS5839-1

Lecture 4 Smoke Management $ú wk4, 11.10.10 (SW)
Understand principles of &«Smoke Management&ª
- Fundamentals aspects of smoke movement in buildings
- Strategies for smoke control
- active and passive systems; compartmentation requirements and specification of pressurised/depressurised spaces
Codes: BS EN12101-6 [formerly BS5588-4,5,7], ADB

Lectures 5,6 Fire suppression $ú wks5-6, 18.10.09, 25.10.10 (SW)
Understand principles of &«Fire Suppression&ª
- Introduction to suppression systems
- Design of sprinkler systems
- Design of gaseous fire suppression systems
- Dry chemical fire suppression
Code: BS EN 12845:2004 [formerly BS5306, Chapter 6 $ú hydraulic calculations]; Bryan ch. 7; BS ISO 14520-2:2006; Ewing et al. $ú Fire Technology &«Flame extinguishment properties of dry chemicals&ª

Lectures 7,8 Fire Resistance $ú wks7-8 1.11.09, 8.11.10 (SW)
Understand current methods to establish &«Fire Resistance&ª
- Fire resistance requirements
- Compartmentation
- Methods for determining fire resistance of structural elements
- Steel, concrete, timber, etc.
Codes: BS476-20, DD9999, BS5950-8, BS8110-2, BS5268-4

Lecture 9,10 Egress $ú wk9-10 15.10.10, 22.11.10 (SW)
Understand the principles of &«Egress&ª
- Prescriptive calculations for egress: minimum distances, minimum widths, stairways, disabled access and special facilities (the elderly, prisons, etc.).
- Means of escape
- Travel distances
- Escape routes and exit widths
- Human behaviour aspects
- Risk profiles
- Egress models
Code: ADB, DD9999, BS7974:6

Lectures 11 Revision $ú wk11 29.11.10 (SW)

This course has a single tutorial encompassing one or more of the above topics. The submission deadline is the end of week 6 (16:00hrs on Friday 29 October).

Practice tutorial issued early in course and feedback provided in lecture.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
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Course organiser Dr Stephen Welch
Tel: (0131 6)50 5734
Course secretary Mrs Laura Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 5690
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